Snuhi (euphorbia neriifolia linn) in brihatryi: a review

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Snuhi (euphorbia neriifolia linn) in brihatryi: a review

Neelam, Jaiswal, M.L., Rashmi Patekar, Gaurav Soni and Dwivedi, K.N.


Snuhi (E. neriifolia Linn.) is an herb extensively used in the Indian system of medicine, is a small deciduous tree of the family Euphorbiaceae. As traditional medicine, the plant is useful in abdominal troubles, bronchitis, tumors, leucoderma, piles, inflammation, enlargement of spleen, anaemia, ulcers, fever and in chronic respiratory troubles. The milky latex is used to remove warts, as a purgative, expectorant and rubefacient, aphrodisiac and in earache. Snuhi is one of the constituents of Kshaarasootra, which is used in Indian medicine to heal anal-fistula. Phytochemical studies leads to the isolation of triterpenes like nerifolione, cycloartenol, euphol, euphorbol, nerifoliene, taraxerol, b-amyrin, glut-5(10)-en-1-one and glut-5-en-3b-ol from latex, bark, root, whole plant and leaf. The present article is a review of the classical references of Snuhi in Brihatrayi i:e Charaksamhita, Susrutasamhita and Ashtangahridaya. In this, mostly the Snuhi ksheer is used for curing of many diseases. In Charaksamhita, Snuhi is not found in Panchashatmahakasaya. Firstly Snuhi is mentioned for virecana (C.Su.1/112). In Susrutasamhita, the term Snuhi has been mentioned firstly for Kshara preparation in Sutrasthana (S.Su 38/30). In Ashtangahridaya, First reference as Snuk is seen for virecana in Sutrasthana (A.H.Su.15/2).

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